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FORMER CANDIDATES FOR ARB CHAIR REEMERGE IN WAKE OF TUCK OUSTER

Environmentalists are eyeing a short list of candidates they see likely to replace outgoing air board chair Cindy Tuck, following the Senate's decision last week to remove her from her post. Environmentalists point to the same candidates they had supported during the administration's appointment process earlier this year as the most likely choices to replace Tuck.

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ARB DOWNPLAYS POLLUTION IMPACT OF CLEAN-FUEL STANDARD RELAXATION

Air board officials are downplaying the pollution impacts of their proposed emergency waiver of a clean-gasoline vapor pressure standard, saying that only volatile emissions will increase and that compliance with their federally approved state implementation plan (SIP) will be maintained. Officials at press time were poised to approve the emergency regulatory amendment, which aims to bolster gasoline supplies and help prevent price spikes otherwise expected as a result of Hurricane Katrina's impacts on fuel supplies.

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GROUPS PREFER MULTI-SECTOR, GEOGRAPHICALLY BROAD GHG TRADING SCHEME

Industry representatives and environmentalists participating in Cal/EPA's initiative to create the governor's greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction program generally agree that a potential carbon cap-and-trade scheme must include multiple industry sectors and should likely extend beyond California. Properly crafting the California proposal is crucial to the future acceptance of such trading programs elsewhere as well as the ability of state participants to eventually dovetail with potential national programs, sources say.

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California Revives Oil Conservation Legislation Amid Katrina Aftermath

Hurricane Katrina's devastation of the Gulf Coast has prompted California Assembly leaders this week to revive legislation that would require the state to reduce its petroleum use, in part by mandating that air and energy regulations focus on energy efficiency and alternative fuels.

The California legislation may foreshadow efforts on the national level as Congress also searches for ways to ease fuel disruptions caused by the hurricane and diversify the nation's energy supplies to avoid future shortages.

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Engine Makers, Refiners Face Off On Possible EPA Waiver Of Diesel Sulfur Rule

Petrochemical refiners are urging EPA to relax sulfur limits in diesel fuel in response to hydrogen supply disruptions resulting from Hurricane Katrina. But engine manufacturers are opposing the effort, saying it may damage many engines and increase emissions of particulate matter.

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CALIFORNIA AGREES TO REVISE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS TO MIRROR ENERGY STAR

The consumer electronics industry and EPA have successfully convinced the California Energy Commission (CEC) to revise time lines in several of the state's mandatory efficiency standards to mirror the voluntary Energy Star program run by EPA and the Department of Energy.

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ENGINE MAKERS POISED TO RE-CHALLENGE CALIFORNIA FLEET FUEL RULES

Engine makers and the petroleum industry are poised to re-challenge a California air district's alternative-fuel vehicle fleet rules in federal appellate court, sources say. The appeal will likely seek to overturn or clarify a controversial district court ruling earlier this year that air officials interpreted as supporting their rules for both public and private fleets.

The case is significant because it tests whether regulators can prohibit public agencies -- and private entities that contract with public agencies -- from buying diesel vehicles when making new purchases.

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ACTIVISTS CRITICIZE LAX MONITORING RULES FOR STATIONARY GAS TURBINES

EPA has proposed a legal settlement with the natural gas industry to drop a requirement that some types of stationary gas turbines be subject to stringent monitoring requirements, drawing criticism from environmentalists who say the revision would lead to unchecked emissions increases and more lax monitoring of the turbine emissions.

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CALIFORNIA SENATE REJECTION OF AIR BOARD CHIEF POSES CHALLENGES

The California Senate's rejection of Cindy Tuck to continue as head of the state's air board has environmental and industry sources agreeing that the vacancy may create a leadership vacuum at a time when the board will be considering important standards that may be models for other states, including greenhouse gas controls and diesel engine requirements. The Senate move also presents the governor with a major challenge to quickly find a replacement, these sources say.

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS CITE GREENHOUSE GASES IN OPPOSING LNG IMPORTS

A California coalition of environmentalists opposed to liquefied natural gas (LNG) is citing greenhouse gas concerns in a lawsuit challenging the state utility commission's long-term plan to boost natural gas supplies through increased imports of LNG.

The argument raises an unusual claim in a case that has attracted national attention as the Bush administration, as well as California, promotes an expansion of LNG processing capabilities as a way to address rising demand for natural gas.

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